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You probably know that brushing and flossing are very important to preventing bad breath. However, did you know that there are a number of other problems that could cause your bad breath? For instance, did you know that medications, tobacco use, infections, and even injury could lead to bad breath? Luckily, there are a number of foods that can give you immediate relief.

You see, bad breath can be caused by bacteria. One way to remove the food particles that cause bacteria is eating crunchy vegetables. In other words, eating foods like apples and celery sticks may be enough to carry food particles away from your teeth. Sugarless gum can have the same effect, and mint-flavored gums could also cover your bad breath. Cinnamon flavored gum may even reduce the bacteria in your mouth.

Dairy products are also useful because they can neutralize acids that may also lead to bad breath. Unsweetened yogurt and a piece of cheese are usually good options. These options can also provide your teeth with calcium, which will help them stay healthy. Finally, lemon, parsley, and even cranberries could all be good options for quickly freshening your breath.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can enjoy fresh breath in Medford, Oregon, we invite you to give Open Door Family Dentistry a call at 541-773-4073. Our dentist, Dr. Don Schiess, and our team will be happy to examine your pearly whites and give you specific advice. We’re eager to hear from you soon.